Superb Sevilla Writing History
Posted by John Smith | Published on May 19, 2016
In what would be their third consecutive Europa League final, Sevilla defeated all odds and added to the history books following their 3-1 triumph over Liverpool in the Europa League final. What makes the win so historic is the fact that the last team to record such an achievement were the Bayern Munich teams of 1974-1976.
Liverpool earned a goal ten minutes from half time as Sturridge put the Reds 1-0 up in fine fashion. But despite the goal as well as the positive play from the Liverpool side, their motivation soon dropped as Gameiro scored a very early goal at the beginning of the second half with a cross from Mariano to make the game level. Three proved to be the magic number for the Spanish side, this year, as two goals from Coke later into the half gifted the Spanish side their fifth Europa League trophy; the third time they’ve won it consecutively.
The loss proved to be devastating for both Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp considering that this is the second final Liverpool have lost this year as well as it being another European Final loss for Klopp. It has now also been 4 years since the Reds last won a piece of Silverware – with the success of the formerly named Carling Cup win over Championship side Cardiff2012. Due to the loss, it means that Liverpool will not be playing any European football in the 2016/17 season.
The German named an unchanged side from the team that beat Villarreal 3-0 in the semi final whilst Unai Emery introduced Escudero to the team for the final in order to replace the injured Trémoulinas.
Klopp tried to signal a comeback from his Liverpool side in similar fashion to the side that beat Borussia Dortmund with Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and also Christian Benteke all finishing the match on the pitch. But despite all efforts, it was not meant to be with a spectacular Sevilla second half performance gifting the Spanish side a well-earned victory. A world class finish from Daniel Sturridge gave the Reds a deserved lead going into the second half, but mindset changed and the intensity increased with Sevilla being far too dominant for Liverpool to handle.
The champions were dominant, precise and never gave up as they continued to press forward to victory and prove why they earned their spot in the history books. In less than 30 seconds into the second half, Liverpool lost the lead they had earned in the previous half with Sevilla proving why they deserved to be the champions.
Despite the win for Sevilla, it did not stop either the team or the fans to complain about the poor refereeing on the night. A handball in the oppositions box was never awarded a penalty for Liverpool. More controversy occurred following Coke’s second goal of the night as people believed the goal should have been ruled for offside.
Despite the mistake of not awarding Liverpool a penalty that could have brought them to a 2-0 lead before the end of the first half, one decision that referee Jonas Eriksson got perfectly right on the night occurred when Dejan Lovren’s head the ball into the next, but was ruled offside as a result of Daniel Sturridge. With no penalty awarded and a goal disallowed, Liverpool were only able to score the one goal on the night, giving Sevilla the perfect opportunity in the second half to capitalize on Liverpool and create history.
Starting Team Player Ratings:
Liverpool: Mignolet 6, Clyne 6, Toure 7, Lovren 6, Moreno 4, Can 5, Milner 6, Lallana 5, Coutinho 5, Firmino 6, Sturridge 7
Sevilla: Soria 6, Escudero 7, Carrico 7, Rami 7, Mariano 9, N’Zonzi 8, Krychowiak 6, Vitolo 7, Raniga 7, Coke 8, Gameiro 9
Man of the Match: Mariano. The Brazilian right back put up a class performance against Liverpool whilst providing the assist to Sevilla’s equalizer. He was solid defensively and also supported the attack of Sevilla many times throughout the final.